Marlena Mumma

Marlena anchors Sunday night newscasts and serves as News Bureau Reporter covering Auburn, Opelika, Eufaula, and communities across East Alabama.

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Marlena Mumma joined the WLTZ First News team in January 2017.

Marlena anchors Sunday night newscasts and serves as News Bureau Reporter covering Auburn, Opelika, Eufaula, and communities across East Alabama.

Mumma was born and raised in Orange County, California. She attended the University of Arizona (Go Wildcats!) where she studied Journalism and minored in Political Science and Psychology.

During her internships there, Marlena covered big stories all along the Mexico Border, the Tucson shooting involving Congressman Gabby Giffords, and Occupy Tucson.

Marlena then headed across the country and started her career at WBKB in a small town in Northern Michigan – Alpena. There, she did everything from reporting to anchoring and even weather on the weekends.

Warm weather called Marlena to her next job in the Lone Star State. She reported and anchored weekend newscasts for KETK in Tyler, TX and WVLA in Baton Rouge, LA. During her time there, she covered an array of stories from the Kaufman County Murders, featured on Dateline NBC, to the controversy surrouding the Church of Wells, and Catherine Grove. She also interviewed Texas Senator Ted Cruz, U.S. Senator John Cornyn and Texas Governor Greg Abbott, among many others.

After two years in East Texas, Marlena headed to Central Texas to report for KWTX in Waco. She was soon promoted to the 3 p.m. anchor spot. She produced and hosted many different guests from bands, to cooks, to fashion designers and pet adoption centers (where she adopted her 85 pound Aussie/Lab Mix, Bradley). Marlena’s effort saw that broadcast grow from #3 spot to the #1 spot.

Marlena met and fell in love with a solider and married him in May 2016. He is taking the Captain’s Career Course at Fort Benning and that’s what brought Marlena to WLTZ. Marlena and her husband are excited to live in East Alabama.

If you have a story idea for Marlena, email her at mumma@wltz.com.

Articles

Valley Car Dealership Owner & Another Arrested on Drug Charges

A Valley car dealership owner and another woman were arrested on multiple drug charges. For the past several months, agents of the Alabama Drug Enforcement Task Force/Chambers County Drug Task Force have been investigating James Patrick Cannon and Meredith…

East Alabama Medical Center Starts Drug Takeback Program

East Alabama Medical Center plans to launch a Drug Takeback Program. They said in an effort to help reduce drug overdoses and keep unused or old prescriptions out of the wrong hands, EAMC will begin accepting unused and expired…

Extradition Hearing Set For Derrill Richard Ennis

The man who was arrested for the murder of an Auburn woman back in 2006 will be back in Alabama soon. 38-year-old Derrill Richard Ennis will have an extradition hearing on September 4 in Montgomery County, Virginia, where he…

“Grow With Google Tour” Makes a Stop in Opelika

Google was in Opelika at the Lewis Cooper, Jr. Memorial Library Wednesday as part of their “Grow with Google Tour.” It’s a new initiative to help create more economic opportunities for people. They…

Opelika Heads Back to School

Opelika headed back to school Monday with some upgrades. “One of the big things is at Morris Avenue Intermediate, we had a 98 day construction $ 2.4 million project to replace the heating…

42-Year-Old Man Dies in Chattahoochee River

A man died in the Chattahoochee river over the weekend. 42-year-old Sean Fuller was pulled from the river Saturday afternoon. A passerby saw Fuller floating in the river between the 13th St. bridge and the Dillingham St. bridge around…

Missing Auburn Man Found Dead in Opelika Pond

A body found floating in an Opelika pond Thursday morning as been identified as the missing Auburn man LaDarren Oliver. The 32-year-old was last seen leaving a convenience store in the 600 block…

East Alabama Schools Not Implementing School Sentry Program

East Alabama school systems said they will not be arming teachers and administrators under the governor’s new “School Sentry Program.” Lee, Chambers and Barbour County school systems said that they already have armed school resource officers in place. So,…

Meet Auburn Mayoral Candidate David Hill

David Hill wants to be the next Auburn mayor. He was raised on the Plains and returned in 2008 after living in different states for awhile. He said he has a different way…

Woman Shot in Chest Near Columbus Elementary School

A woman is recovering in the hospital after she was shot in the chest near a Columbus Elementary school. It happened Saturday morning around 8 a.m. along Forrest Rd. and Courtland Ave. near Forrest Elementary School. Details are limited,…

Parking Changes Coming to Downtown Auburn

Downtown Auburn business owners have concerns about some of the cities changes planned for parking. Merchants agree with the new two hour limit everywhere and increasing the meter price from 25 cents…

Three Men Arrested for Robbing a Lanett Bank

Lanett police arrest three people connected to a bank robbery. It happened Tuesday around 12:30 in the afternoon at the Farmers and Merchants Bank. Witnesses said two black men wearing dark shirts, gloves and something covering their faces left…

EF0 Tornado Touches Down in Opelika

An EF0 tornado touched down in the southern part of Opelika Saturday night. The storm first touched down shortly before 6 p.m. CST near the intersection of Columbus Pkwy. and McCoy St. Trees and power lines were downed on…

Auburn Police Looking for Missing 32-year-old Man

Auburn police need your help finding a missing man. 32-year-old Ladarren Oliver was last seen just after midnight Saturday. He was seen leaving a convenience store in the 600 block of Shug Jordan Parkway in his Red 2012 Chrysler…

Alabama State Board of Education District Two Race

With the primary runoff election in the books, State Board of Education candidates turn toward the general election. Tracie West won the Republican nomination for State Board of Education District Two, on Tuesday,…

Two Dead in I-85 Highway Crash Near Auburn

Two people are dead after a fatal collision near Auburn Monday morning. The driver and the front seat passenger of a Ford Fiesta were pronounced dead after crashing into a tree. The Ford Fiesta rear-ended a Chevrolet pick-up truck…

Masked Man Robs Columbus Bank

Columbus Police need your help tracking down a man who robbed a Columbus bank over the weekend. It happened Saturday around 11:00 a.m. at the Wells Fargo on 18th St. The man walked into the bank, showed a gun…

Beauregard Teacher Arrested for Engaging in Sex Act with Student

Monday, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office Investigations assisted by the Dothan police department arrested Hunter Herring Armstrong on outstanding charges of a school employee engaging in a sex act or deviant sexual intercourse with a student under the age…